Panasonic Corp announced a spherical air blower that is 25cm in diameter and can be used both as a fan and air circulator.
With its own ball-like structure, the blower, “Q,” blows out about seven times as much air as it sucks from its suction port. It sends air that is powerful and going straight and efficiently stirs and circulates air in the entire space, the company said.
Furthermore, the blower has the “1/f fluctuation” function and can send natural, fluctuating wind so that it does not cool people too much. As a result, people in the space do not get tired even when they are exposed to wind for long hours, Panasonic said.
The structure of the new product derived from a ball structure that shows the characteristics of induced airflow. The pressure of the air sucked from the suction port is increased by a turbofan and ejected as high-speed airflow. Moreover, the amount of air is increased by about seven times because the air being ejected induces air near the air outlet. As a result, a powerful, straight wind is sent to the space.
The strong wind significantly moves airflow and efficiently stirs air in the entire space. The new blower can be used not only in summer but also in winter for lessening the unevenness of temperature caused by a heater, Panasonic said.
The air blower measures 250 x 250 x 277mm (including the stand) and weighs 2.1kg. Its maximum and minimum power consumptions are 18.5W and 2.5W, respectively. It is manufactured in Japan with a monthly production rate of 2,000 units. There is no manufacturer’s suggested retail price. It will be released May 20, 2015, at an estimated retail price of ¥40,000 (approx US$336).